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Re: Hold Sway

Posted by James Briggs on October 22, 2002

In Reply to: Hold Sway posted by Frances on October 22, 2002

: Does anybody know the derivation of the expression 'hold sway'? It is presumably nautical but I have been unable to find a source.

This is an archaic use of the word, which comes from C16th Old Norse meaning to "bend", a motion still implied in modern usage.